Teddy Fay Davis
West Virginia CCC Museum Associcaiton inducted Mr. Teddy Fay Davis, 94
into the Hall of Fame on September 3, 2015. Mr. Davis, originally from
Meadowbrook in Harrison County, is now living on his small farm near
Stonecoal in Lewis County. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps
back in 1938. “Things was real bad back here with the depression
and all. There was not much for a young man to do. While in
Clarksburg one day, a large 'Join The CCC' sign at the courthouse caught
my eye. I said, I want as far away from here as I can get cause
opportunity had dried up so, I was allowed to join up.” Davis said
his parents gave their approval.
He was assigned to a CCC Camp in Dayton, Ohio for a two week orientation. “After training, I got my assignment and it was just what I had wished for. Hundreds of us boarded a train headed for a CCC Camp in Redmond, Oregon. There, I was trained in handling dynamite. I loved this. We got so we were shooting off 3000 shots each time, while working on a canal there on Deschutes River projects. There was always big problems with forest fires there. We built and manned fire towers, built roads, trails, lumber railroad lines, and big river projects. I remember being called to go into Washington (State) to help put out a big forest fire. My skills using dynamite were put to use and I felt very good about it. I will never forget how beautiful it was there. I have been back to visit, but did not make it back as far as the CCC Camp.”
Mr. Davis was in the CCC for six months. “This was the time when I learned discipline which has helped me through the tough times my whole life. I have always been proud of what we did out there and that I was part of it. We done a lot of good out there on those big projects, and all across the country.”
Davis went on to serve in World War II in the U.S. Army. He was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge, received the Purple Heart, and survived to move back to West Virginia and make a life here. A jack of all trades, Mr. Davis retired from Craig Motor Service, Clarksburg, in 1982. Davis commented: “I still can't believe that people today have little or no knowledge of the Civilian Conservation Corps and what it meant to our country.”
Davis, his family and friends will be formally honored at the annual Fall CCC Jubilee Reunion set for October 17, 2015 in Quiet Dell, Harrison County."
Mr. Doug Sparks, West Virginia State CCC Museum Rep, of Clarksburg places CCC Hall of Fame medallion on Mr. Teddy Davis
during ceremonies in Lewis County on September 21, 2015.